Synopses & Reviews
A new and complete treatment of semi-abelian degenerations of abelian varieties, and their application to the construction of arithmetic compactifications of Siegel moduli space, with most of the results being published for the first time. Highlights of the book include a classification of semi-abelian schemes, construction of the toroidal and the minimal compactification over the integers, heights for abelian varieties over number fields, and Eichler integrals in several variables, together with a new approach to Siegel modular forms. A valuable source of reference for researchers and graduate students interested in algebraic geometry, Shimura varieties or diophantine geometry.
The topic of this book is the theory of degenerations of abelian varieties and its application to the construction of compactifications of moduli spaces of abelian varieties. These compactifications have applications to diophantine problems and, of course, are also interesting in their own right. Degenerations of abelian varieties are given by maps G - S with S an irre ducible scheme and G a group variety whose generic fibre is an abelian variety. One would like to classify such objects, which, however, is a hopeless task in this generality. But for more specialized families we can obtain more: The most important theorem about degenerations is the stable reduction theorem, which gives some evidence that for questions of compactification it suffices to study semi-abelian families; that is, we may assume that G is smooth and flat over S, with fibres which are connected extensions of abelian varieties by tori. A further assumption will be that the base S is normal, which makes such semi-abelian families extremely well behaved. In these circumstances, we give a rather com plete classification in case S is the spectrum of a complete local ring, and for general S we can still say a good deal. For a complete base S = Spec(R) (R a complete and normal local domain) the main result about degenerations says roughly that G is (in some sense) a quotient of a covering G by a group of periods."